Pros Wonderful display, sturdy construction, very good camera, mass storage mode, choice of virtual or physical keyboard, just the right size for handling, decent battery life, lots of useful apps available.
Cons Sliding open for the keyboard requires some getting used to.
Summary I was surprised at Jessica's emphasis on the supposedly less-than-stellar materials and construction of the phone. Now, while it may not be at the level of Apple, HTC or Nokia phones, I find the materials/construction quite good and sturdy - definitely less plasticky feeling than the Galaxy S II. Overall an excellent phone and the 4" display allows the phone to be just the right size even for single hand usage.Very fast downloads and swift rendering of even complex online sites.
Updated on Feb 1, 2012
Pros -Gorgeous display.
-Very good reception.
-Thin for a horizontal slider.
-Commands are responsive.
-Touch-wiz UI compliments Android well.
-Great camera performance.
Cons -Found it to be a little Buggy.
-Slider not as smooth as should be.
-Keyboard just feels uninspired.
Summary This was my Daughters dream phone, so we got it for her B-Day. I have spent a lot of time helping her get it set up. There is nothing really wrong or weak with the Glide- it is a fine effort from Samsung. As a follow up to the Captivate, which was AT&T's Galaxy phone from 2010, you would expect nothing else. I like the Touch-wiz User Interface. It allows you to set up several home screens any way you would like. It allows Android to do it's thing without trying to get in the way. The actual motions and commands you perform on it are very good and responsive. All the basics such as screen, reception, signal strength, camera, and video capture are very good to excellent.
However, there are a couple of areas where you really need to test it out before you buy it. 1st off is the main reason why anyone including my Daughter would want it: The keyboard. The fact that the Glide is a thin device is great, but it does it at the expense of the keys. They are extremly flat and run together. Also, at only four rows Samsung has taken a step back from the 5 row of the Sprint Epic and it shows. You really need to spend some time with the keyboard at an AT&T store before you grab one. It may be a problem for some users. Also, the actual loading of web sites, apps, and screens are usual really good, but it does drag at times, leading to a buggy experince. It is not a deal killer, but it can be annoying if that is something you have to have in a smartphone. Also, Samsung makes good products, very durable, but they are all plastic. Some users have a problem with that. I also found the slider to be a little stiff. Again: No deal breakers, just personal preferences.
Overall, I would happily recommend this phone, and it doesn't hurt that it is better than other AT&T keyboard options such as the Pantech Crossover, Blackberry Torch 9810, or the other Samsung option the Doubletime. It is a very powerful phone, enjoyable to use, and easily puts those other devices to shame. Just try it out first.
Pros 1. Slider is well built, the spring action is helpful.
2. The 4" screen is ideal for me, since I mostly listen to radio.
3. The slider on the USB door is very cool, keeps the dust out.
4. Beautiful back-light keyboard, very clear.
Cons 1. No notification light.
2. No slot to attach a hand strap.
3. Speaker should've been stereo and on the sides, for louder sound.
4. No hardware FM radio receiver. Really useful if you're out roaming or on vacation.
Summary My first phone was a physical QWERTY Nokia 5510, and my last was a Nokia E71 (Unlocked). These phones have very well built hardware keyboards, Samsung is not entirely there yet, but this is a very well built classy looking phone.
1. Not Samsungs fault, but it's hard to find good quality leather covers for sliders.
The AT&T ROM has carrier restrictions which means you can't manually toggle between 2G and 3G networks. This is not a deal breaker, but those who don't use data packages or want to conserve battery can't switch to 2G if they want to.
Even after sim unlocking you can't do network searches, other network's sim will work, but you won't be able to see a list of them. This is not an Android or Samsung limitation, since flashing with other ROMs from XDA will release you from these restrictions.
The GPS receiver on this phone keeps accurate locks on satellites, I was driving at 140 Km/hr and Google Latitude was tracking me accurately, even exiting at high speeds or traffic jams. I don't have a data package and it was switched off as well. So it wasn't getting any help from AGPS.
Fantastic value for the price.